According to the Mirror, Manchester United and Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race for Paris Saint-Germain and Germany forward Julian Draxler. The 23-year-old has told the Ligue 1 side he wants to leave this summer and has a host of clubs reportedly interested in his services.
Arsenal have been linked with the forward for some time, although manager Arsene Wenger recently admitted he has a task to trim the playing squad rather than add to it. The Gunners are overstocked, with 33 players competing for 25 first-team spots, so it’s more likely they will be making sales than bringing in more players this summer.
As a result, Arsenal seem unlikely to being Draxler to the Emirates Stadium, which will be a loss given his talent and the likelihood of Alexis Sanchez leaving in 12 months. The Paris Saint-Germain attacker could replace the Chilean as a right-footed left-winger with a license to come inside and score and create goals for the team.
Draxler scored and created five goals in 12 Ligue 1 starts last season after joining from Vfl Wolfsburg mid-campaign. The German forward’s sale could help pay off some of the £200m used to sign Neymar from Barcelona this summer. Manchester United have been in the market for another forward to challenge on all fronts, having previously targeted Monaco’s Thomas Lemar – another Arsenal target.
Liverpool are expecting to lose Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona this summer and need a replacement who can play in his position. Draxler fits the bill but he won’t come cheap. Paris Saint-Germain paid £30m to sign the German international last summer and are likely to want the same amount, if not more, to let him leave.